This weekend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold the twice yearly General Conference in Salt Lake City without the presiding leader Thomas S. Monson in attendance.
Monson has attended every conference since 1963 when he began his full time service as a general authority for the church. The 90-year-old leader, who Mormons refer to as a living prophet, has been scaling back his duties due to age.
Monson was hospitalized briefly in April and shortly after a church spokesperson announced he was no longer attending daily meetings. His absence has been felt during a time of political and social unrest.
Another top leader, 85-year-old apostle Robert D. Hales, will also be absent due to health reasons.
Mormons across the world watch general conference to hear messages and received guidance from church leaders.